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With weddings come plentiful party opportunities, and we're here to help you plan all of them. One of our favorite celebrations is the bridal shower, so we've rounded up our best ideas on the topic, in hopes of inspiring the fête of your dreams. From etiquette tips to activity suggestions, this is your ultimate guide.

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Bridal Shower Basics

First step in the planning process? Picking a theme that the bride will love. These creative options go beyond the basic bridal shower, ensuring a celebration that's totally one-of-a-kind. We've also provided a foolproof checklist so you don't leave any important detail out.

 

Your Ultimate Checklist for Throwing a Bridal Shower

 

37 Unique Bridal Shower Themes

Etiquette Made Easy

There's no need for confusion when it comes to party protocol. Get the low-down on the who, what, when, where, and why of bridal showers. We've answered all of your pressing etiquette questions to avoid any unintended snafus.

 

The Etiquette of Bridal Showers

 

Who Gets a Bridal Shower Invitation?

 

When Should You Have Your Bridal Shower?

 

Who's Responsible for Throwing the Bridal Shower?

 

Do You Have to Give Favors at a Bridal Shower?

 

Are Bridal Shower Games Mandatory?

 

 

How to Write a Thank-You Card for Your Bridal Shower

Acing the Details

From the food to the flowers, there are tons of ways to wow. Impress your guests by spending time on the little things. Whether you're looking for décor inspiration or ideas on what to serve, this list is a good place to start. We're giving attendees ideas, too. 

 

Champagne Cocktail Recipes for a Bridal Shower

 

The Prettiest Bridal Shower Centerpieces

 

Cakes That Make a Sweet Impression at Bridal Showers

 

Bridal Shower Favors That You Can DIY

 

Wedding Shower Gifts That Couples Will Actually Use

Fun for All

Don't go down the path of boring—we're steering you in the opposite direction. Entertain guests with enjoyable activities and sidestep feeling awkward or unprepared. Even brides who hate typical games can find something exciting on this list.   

 

Bridal Shower Games That Are Actually Fun to Play

 

How to Get Guests to Play Bridal Shower Games

 

Bridal Shower Activities to Set Your Party Apart

Places to Go

If you can swing it, consider a destination bridal shower. We know just where to head. Otherwise, get advice on throwing one at home, or posting up in your favorite restaurant. Location, after all, is key.

 

Bridal Shower Venues in America's Biggest Cities

 

Tips for Hosting a Bridal Shower at Home

 

How to Throw a Bridal Shower at a Restaurant

Fall Festivities

The air is cooling, the leaves are changing… and your fall bridal shower is fast approaching. Embrace the season with autumnal ideas for cakes, centerpieces, and more.

 

Pumpkin Dessert Ideas for Fall Bridal Showers

 

Rustic Fall Centerpieces

 

Apple Dessert Ideas Picked for Bridal Showers

Real Bridal Showers

Sometimes all you need to get out of an imaginative rut is a little push from party planners just like you. Cue our collection of real celebrations. The events we've featured are stylish and original (read: totally worth borrowing from). Plus, some have honored your favorite bloggers.

 

A Colorful Surprise Bridal Shower in Texas

 

A Grand Budapest Hotel-Themed Bridal Shower

 

A Romantic Rooftop Bridal Shower

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